Wednesday Evening Owls: A Look At The Future Of Work That Is Not Optimistic For Large Cities

Night Owls is an open thread that appears seven days a week on Daily Kos.

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes –Superstar cities are in trouble. The past year has given a glimpse into the nowhere future of work and is not optimistic for big cities.

Some evenings when the cabin pandemic fever reaches critical levels, I ease my claustrophobia by escaping into the dream world of Zillow, the real estate website. From the familiar confines of my Washington, DC apartment, I teleport to a ranch on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho. to a terrace in the hills of Phoenix, Arizona; or a royal living room in one of the baroque palaces of Plano, Texas.

Apparently a lot of you are doing the same thing. According to Jeff Tucker, the company’s chief economist, searches in Zillow rose sharply during the health crisis. “We’ve seen online searches for Boise, Phoenix, and Atlanta grow the fastest among people who live in coastal cities like Los Angeles and New York,” Tucker said. Higher search volumes on Zillow coincided with a booming real estate market in the south and west as rents in expensive coastal towns fall.

Zillow tourism and a few wealthy workers moving to Atlanta might find you a fad – much like that whole remote working moment. If you drag your computer into the living room every day to sit on the couch for eight hours, you might not think I’m practically starting the next industrial revolution.

But maybe you are As a general rule of human civilization, we have lived where we work. More than 90 percent of Americans drive to work, and their average commute is about 27 minutes. This connection between home and office is the basis of the city’s economy. But remote work weakens it; In many cases, the connection is completely disconnected and physical proximity is replaced by cloud-based connectivity. What changes will this new industrial revolution bring with it? […]


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That day at Daily Kos in 2010– Fiorina’s breakout train at top speed:

The hits keep coming back for Carly Fiorina, the failed CEO who gasps for breath in the GOP primary to take on Senator Boxer. Carly’s campaign was an unconditional shipload of failure from the start. Let’s summarize:

The company that almost ruined them has now reached its maximum to Senator Boxer. In the last few polls, it lags behind main opponent Tom Campbell. She lied …twice– about their fundraising numbers. And to top it off, their website rollout is often viewed as a nomination for the worst ever.

The California Democratic Party definitely took note of this and today announced the creation of a spoof website devoted to exposing Carly’s wriggling campaign: (it’s good news that we types of bloggers aren’t the only ones doing this use alliterative “failure” to describe Carly’s drain-circcling campaign).

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